Google has rolled out another update to its Gmail service which now lets you stream video attachments before actually downloading them. The new feature allows you to play video and check its relevance before downloading. This update will surely help in saving up some space on your PC. Note that the feature is only available for Web or PC version of Gmail and is expected to make its way to other platforms in coming weeks.
A video in your Gmail inbox will not contain a thumbnail, double clicking which will open a YouTube like stream player which allows you to playback, adjusts the sound levels and play with playback speeds just like we see on YouTube. The video can also be streamed through a Chromecast device and will normally play at an optimal quality based on your internet connectivity.
Google said in a statement posted on its blog – “Previously, in order to view a video attachment in Gmail, you would have to download it to your computer and open it with a media player.”
“This feature uses the same Google infrastructure that powers YouTube, Google Drive, and other video streaming apps, so video is delivered at optimal quality and availability.” – the blog post further read.
Meanwhile, Google also recently enabled users toreceive email attachments up to 50MB which was earlier limited to just 25MB. However, the same is not prevalent while sending emails. In other words, one can share an attachment up to 50 MB via Google Drive or any other Google Play Services. Further, the search engine giant also added the ability to send money via Gmail, but the feature is only available for users residing in the United States or the United Kingdom.